Say Good Morning
To The Night At La Notte
By The Foodies./ email@example.com
The crescent moon is shining bright for La Notte Ristorante,
the newest dining destination to bring Italian cuisine to
Owner Joseph Competiello, an East Northport resident of 15
years by way of Queens, is a lifelong veteran of the restaurant
business. Joseph worked with his father at Villa Russo in
Forest Hills, Queens for 29 years before branching out on
his own. He has teamed up with Executive Chef Joseph Cacace,
who brings two decades of experience in the kitchens of Jean-Georges
Restaurants and his Mercer Kitchen, Tom Colicchios Gramercy
Tavern, and Bobby Flays Mesa Grill, to name a few.
Competiello and Cacace collaborated in an effort to take Competiellos
deep experience with traditional Italian cuisine and bring
new, sophisticated energy to the table as they pair old-world
favorites and Nuvo Italian cuisine.
In La Nottes cozy, warm trappings of brick, stucco and
dark wood check out the cool nights sky painted
atop the bar, fitting for a place called The Night
in Italian youll hear many chapters of the Great
American Songbook classics like Tony and Frank, mixed
with a few of the more contemporary interpreters.
Every table is welcomed with fresh Italian bread paired with
olive oil for dipping. We immediately made our way to the
Potato & Zucchini Chips ($10), which pairs sweet zucchini
crisps and classic potatoes with rich, melted crumbled gorgonzola.
They are absolutely addictive youll be hard-pressed
not to clear the plate.
Creamy in flavor and texture alike, Parmigiano Sformata
($10) is one of the owners favorites and a unique spin
on flan as a savory dish. For a delicate take on ricotta,
check out their Baked Ricotta ($9), which boast bright flavors
of lemon and rosemary.
Strozzapreti with Lamb Ragu ($18), another one of the owners
favorites, is one of ours, too, thanks to just-right pasta
and flavorful herbed ricotta bringing out the best in juicy,
tender lamb. Whole wheat and gluten-free pasta is also available.
On main courses, La Notte has you covered, whether by surf,
turf or poultry. Seared Tuna ($32), dressed in coriander seeds
and paired with roasted vegetable couscous and orange, is
a delicate, light and subtle. The tender Pan-Roasted Double
Pork Chop ($27) is a rib-sticking delight, bursting with wood-roasted
flavors of fennel and rosemary. Chicken Ripieno ($18), stuffed
with spinach ricotta and fontina and dressed with brown chicken
jus, is immensely satisfying and rich while staying balanced.
The dessert menu brings more delights for any palate. Enjoy
classic tartufo or its lighter cousin, White Tartufo,
which swaps the traditional chocolate exterior for white chocolate,
which encases vanilla and raspberry ice cream. Apple Caramel
Cake, paired with the gelato of your choice, is warm and welcoming,
marrying flavors to create understated sweetness. And chocolate
lovers will delight in the Midnight Chocolate Mousse, which
is so rich that you could easily mistake it for ice cream.
With the opening weeks under their belt, keep an eye out for
seasonal menus and new features at every turn. Upstairs will
be converted to La Nottes catering room, and for weekend
nights without parties, it will be a supper club. Free valet
service is available on New Street. And downstairs at the
bar, theyre putting the finishing touches on La Nottes
signature martini, which will take its place on their well
stocked bar list. Stay tuned for more we hope youre
as excited as we are for what La Notte has in store for us